Here we go again. You’re traveling down that DVD road that you know. Like a drifter, I was born to walk alone. Anyway, another digital week is opening its jaws of doom upon you, and we’ve got to be prepared. Like a Scout. Heatstroke is of little to no consequence, because this Jamboree is ready to rock like no one’s business. If you haven’t passed out already, let’s continue on, shall we?
You just don’t get it.
Master filmmaker Oliver Stone’s on a mission, without shades and a full tank of expensive gas, as he prepares to unleash his version of the Alexander legend (or is it foibles?). Not content with releasing the much lauded version of his theatrical cut (the one Devin reviewed not too long ago right on this very site), Stone ushers forth his Director’s Cut of the film (Devin’s DC DVD Review is Coming Soon, for those interested parties) which, rumor has it, runs a scant 8 minutes (167 compared to 175) less than its predecessor. Does this mean he’s taken out all of the ‘questionable’ material that wouldn’t appeal to those anti-Mitch people, who run about preaching the evils of homosexuality? Stone did indeed mention that if things ran his way he’d have put the film in linear order, limited the voiceovers and expunge all of those pesky scenes involving men hugging and Kings being sensitive. After all, Americans just don’t like that sort of thing when watching Colin Farrell. They want him and their Playboy bunnies to do the bad stuff, not Jared Leto and his dreamy, soft eyes. Save that for Claire Danes, man. Arguably, Stone is one of the best filmmakers working today and Alexander pains me because in the end, the narrative developments just don’t work as well as they should have. Farrell is the Macedonian King, coached by the strangely luminous Angelina Jolie, who is clearly from another movie with that accent (Hackers?) and those snakes. Val Kilmer is the father to end all Dads (minus Ted Danson), as he stumbles about with his one-eye, mumbling great words of wisdom in between bouts of melancholy, drunkenness and horniness. As Devin so spectacularly put it: [he’s] "playing what I sort of imagine Val Kilmer to be like if you came to his house on a Saturday night." Sorry Dad, but I think I’m putting you up for adoption. Alexander soon grows a little older and a little more conflicted with his worldview, which at this point is the small area around him, much like your friends who stay on their sweet systems all day and only venture out for smokes or a hamburger. So he breaks free, and proceeds to whoop ass against some major spots, the first being against the vast spectacle that is the Prince of Persia. And that’s it. Those looking for scenes of men being chopped to bits and destroyed beyond compare will find it not in the battles, but in the bedroom. Speaking of which, Rosario Dawson bares most of her self and the only reason I can think of her scene might have been to establish the ‘jigglies. All hardcore masculinity aside (it is already?), Alexander needs something more and maybe the Director’s Cut is a place to re-evaluate what was already a humdrum film that had some flair in there, somewhere.
Carry two versions in your womb, and let slip the avenger! The theatrical version coyly bats its eyes at you with: an audio commentary by director Oliver Stone and historian Robin Lane Fox, the doc: Resurrecting Alexander: explores the filming of Alexander, Perfect Is the Enemy of God: providing an in depth look at the details that go into the filming of an epic, "Vangelis Scores Alexander" featurette (which should be required viewing for all interested in synth) and theatrical trailers. The Director’s Cut explodes its well being with: audio commentary with Oliver Stone and Interviews with the cast on how they prepared for their roles. Everything else stays the same. Old Ptolemy has issued the edict.
Knock, knock went the door, but maybe I shouldn’t answer. Ashton Kutcher’s outside and he’s parlaying his talent into the world of remakes, updating (and producing) a newer version of Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, Stanley Kramer’s opus about society’s handle on race relations. Kutcher’s Guess Who has the role reversal quantum theory, and this time, Bernie Mac is the overly skeptical father who has to come to grips with his own belief system. Before all of this, make sure to check out Devin’s positive review, and then lament the fact through our Message Boards that he’s gone über soft against his ‘persona.’ Kutcher, on the other hand, consistently portrays the same ‘character’ over and over, which is a good thing for him (I suppose), the type of young adult coming to grips over the world and its revelations. He throws in some mean comedic instincts here and there, but essentially, I think he’s just being himself onscreen. That sometimes isn’t a bad thing, but in certain instances that call for a more in-Depp touch, a higher understanding of specifics is needed. Many people probably consider his shtick to be boring, tedious and annoying. Perhaps that’s 85% of the people who visit this site. The other 15% accidentally stumbled over from Teenpeople.com/kutcherlove, and why they’re still here, I have no idea. Do you still care about the movie? Personally, I’d only see it for Zoë Saldana, who is just as wonderful in real life as she was in films like Pirates of the Caribbean. I hope she’s good in this.
Call him Mr. Jones with: audio commentary by Director Kevin Rodney Sullivan, 7 deleted scenes with optional Director commentary, a featurette: Love is the Melody: the Making of Guess Who, a gag reel and some previews.
Two in the box, ready to go. They be fast, and we be slow? I just wish Columbia had gone with the first part for their new ad campaign. Alas, I’m stinking up this joint, and I’m gonna have to let you Bogart these goodies. But only if you want, because the new Ghostbusters I and II Double Feature Giftset has arrived and not much has changed. The audio commentary is still the same (you’ll get absolutely no commentary for the second outing – and you’ll like it!) and the extra stuff on the discs still stays exactly unchanged, just like when you previously purchased them (or just the first one, depending on your hate for a giant walking Lady Liberty). ‘What’s new?’ – you might ask, well, those behind the new DVD set have thrown in a couple of episodes from The Real Ghostbusters, but they’re being really sneaky about which episodes. I searched with my PKE meter, but it didn’t work. I even crossed the streams. My face burned off. This leaves the ultimate conundrum. Are you a huge fan, the likes of which have been unparalleled since that convention in Salem where Doohan got up to speak? Or, are you the causal guy who still gets freaked out by Janosz dressed up as a ghost nanny? Better still, did the Titanic just arrive? Either way, here’s my obligatory link to purchase the CD from the second film (you’d best click here), arguably one of the best soundtracks in the history of the medium which spawned forth so many indelible images, including the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. There’s not much leeway when dealing with Bobby Brown.
"Listen! You smell something?" – with: you get a commentary with Ivan Reitman, Harold Ramis, and Joe Medjuck (which is also visual, but only on the first Ghostbusters), storyboards, some deleted scenes, 03 featurettes, multi-angle features, photo galleries, some trailers, and a couple of episodes from The Real Ghostbusters.
If there’s one thing I know, it’s all about Downfall. Literally. But I’d rather not compare myself to Hitler. That’s for one Congress member to off-handedly state if and when I’m called up for my hearings against me sucking for the good of the ten people who even bother to read this thing. In what is considered to be one of the first ‘real’ films to look at the last days of Hitler with a very sympathetic eye, filmmaker Oliver Hirschbiegel (who helped craft the fairly ambitious Das Experiment, which you should check out from CHUD right here) dares to go where others have sidestepped. "Bruno Ganz (Wings of Desire) is Hitler, whose psychic meltdown is depicted in sobering detail, suggesting a fallen, pathetic dictator on the verge on insanity as his Nazi empire burns amidst chaos in mid-1945 … This balanced portrayal does not inspire sympathy, however: We simply see the complexity of Hitler’s character in the greater context of his inevitable downfall, and a more realistic (and therefore more horrifying) biographical portrait of madness on both epic and intimate scales." Whether or not you’re entirely too turned off by the humanization of one of history’s greatest monsters is entirely up to you. The last time the madness effected everyone on a very large scale, Guttenberg was a Citizen on Patrol.
It’s springtime for somebody – with: interviews with the cast & crew and a making-of featurette. This German film does come with English subtitles and Dolby Digital 5.1. track, in German only though. Mein Gott!
Get all warm and cozy with your Cosby sweat-uh, and settle in for the wondrous life and times of Judge, Jury and Executioner William H. Cosby in The Cosby Show: Season One. His Cliff Huxtable, OB-GYN was "da law" ’round the eighties in television land, and now you can be forced via a variety of factors (girlfriend, boyfriend, Tauntaun) to revisit the show that you can’t quite recall, since it’s been off the air for a goddamned long ass time. The world’s changed, you see, and now we’ve got a steady barrage of imagery assaulting us at all times, not unlike Patrick Swayze’s career a long time ago in a land far away. Put down those charges against him for a moment, and let’s slowly slink back in time, to neon and big hair, RATT and Rappin’, to gold clocks and Gekko greed. The Huxtables were "a happily married, dual-profession couple with aspirations of raising their 5 children in an uplifting, positive environment." Whereas your dysfunctional family was off doing what they do while you ripped through your brother’s Beta collection for the latest copy of Red Dawn, The Huxtables got along with sheer bravado and the occasional group hug when not coming together for Rudy’s recently deceased Goldfish. Or even when Theo gets his ear pierced. Dude! If you are a fan of the show, be aware that the versions being released onto DVD are the syndicated prints, meaning that the shows will all be edited down from their original versions on NBC way back when. That means several hundred seconds (read: minutes) will be chopped out, and thus, you’re not seeing what you saw (if you were alive and breathing) on your family couch. Not cool.
"Your mother and I are rich. You – have nothing!" – with: nothing. Wow. A quote actually made sense for once. Winner! Although you could purchase some Jello pudding (suggestion: vanilla, because it’s made with crack … and love) and set yourself down to watch.
Saddle up, Pilgrim, and throw on your Man-hats for some adventure, courtesy of The Duke™. His sparse style is at it in The High and the Mighty: Special Collector’s Edition, where, due to his producing status, the film sat in limbo for many, many years. After the lawyers finally worked everything out, now you can sit back and whistle that damned tune Wayne made popular throughout the quadrants of the world. "For The High and the Mighty, director William A. Wellman made a point of using CinemaScope to heighten the dramatic content of a confined screen space — in this instance, the cockpit of a plane in flight. Copilot John Wayne seems a lot more in control of things than captain Robert Stack when the plane loses an engine during a flight from Honolulu to San Francisco. Wellman crosscuts from the tension in the cockpit to the various subplots involving the plane’s passengers, among them Claire Trevor, Laraine Day, John Howard, Jan Sterling, Phil Harris and Sidney Blackmer." Wayne’s airplane film is considered to be one of the forbearers of the ‘disaster in the air’ picture, one that the Zucker brothers would have fun lampooning later on in their excellent film.
Wayne also put the kibosh on your abilities to see his Island in the Sky: Special Collector’s Edition (which he also served as producer on) for quite some time. Now, by the grace of those "blood sucking" (-John Hammond) people who make things work, you can check out one of his most unloved films. "During World War II, a US Army Air Force DC-3 is forced into an emergency landing in the frozen wastes of Canada. Captain Dooley John Wayne is faced not only with his own survival but that of his four crew members, none of whom are truly prepared for this crisis. Anxiously awaiting rescue, the crew members are disinclined to follow Dooley’s advice" which then leads to intensive consequences. What are they? Nah, I hate spoiling things, but other websites will.
The High and the Mighty suddenly becomes both on your ass with: audio commentary by Leonard Maltin, William Wellman, Jr., Karen Sharpe, Pedro Gonzales-Gonzales and aviation expert Vincent Longo, an introduction by Maltin on both discs, 8 featurettes (The Batjac Story, Stories from the Set, On Director William A. Wellman, The Music and World of Dimitri Tiomkin, Restoring a Classic, A Place in Film History, Ernest K. Gann: Adventurer, Author, Artist and Flying in the Fifties), premiere footage, a Batjac montage, some TV spots and theatrical trailers. Island in the Sky comes jam packed with: audio commentary by Leonard Maltin, Darryl Hickman, James Lydon, William Wellman, Jr. and aviation expert Vincent Longo, an introduction by Maltin, 6 featurettes (Dooley’s Down, The Making of Island in the Sky, Flight School – The Art of Aerial Photography, Ernest K. Gann: Adventurer, Author, Artist, Flying for Uncle Sam and The John Wayne Stock Company: Harry Carey, Jr.), some newsreel footage of the premiere, a Batjac montage, introduction to Gunsmoke TV promo, a photo gallery and the theatrical trailer.
Nick and Nora Charles return today in The Complete Thin Man Collection (Eileen’s DVD Review is Coming Soon, so get ready!). Who the hell are they? A sleuthing married couple solving crimes by martini time in 30’s Manhattan, to be exact. Before you run away, equating the age of the series to the shortness of your attention span, weaned on shoot ‘em up action extravaganzas and space operas, consider the milestone the series achieved (much like Three Men and a Little Baby) with audiences across the globe. "Among the series’ many attributes, one of its most radical notions was the idea that a married couple might find each other delightful and view life as a goofy adventure together." Turn back as you run away to the next item in our column, and consider checking out the entire Thin Man series. After all, the first one is adapted from a Dashiell Hammet novel, and that must account for something. Right? Yeah, I thought not. Anyway, The Thin Man is a light and breezy screwball comedy set against one of the greatest screen pairings of all time (William Powell and Myrna Loy), who seem to get a kick out of one another when not actually kicking one another. After the Thin Man has Nick and Nora, with Astra (their nosy pooch), moving to San Francisco alongside contract player Jimmy Stewart. They would soon move again, to Long Island, oddly enough, to make a baby Nick Jr. (no, not the television station) in Another Thin Man. Paueline Kael called that one: "a bad idea." But alas, all was not lost as the pair ransacked cinemas again with Shadow of the Thin Man, set against the world of racetracks, but I recommend the Sea Bass. The Thin Man Goes Home, to find Nick and Nora, along with baby evil to visit Nick’s parents and then segue into Song of the Thin Man, where Dean Stockwell sprouts up into Nick Jr. and hijinx ensue. Hilarity might be different, depending on what your tastes are. Nick Sr. loves his martini’s, I’ll tell you that. Additionally, you get the extra bonus disc Alias Nick and Nora, so all can’t be that bad. Where’d everybody go?
The stacked boxed set, another one of Warner’s premium outputs, includes a wealth of new items. The Thin Man disc is the one causality, remaining the same, all the way down to the image transfer from the previous edition. On that one you got cast & crew bios and trailers for all 6 Thin Man films. After the Thin Man comes with a lux radio broadcast, a featurette: How to be a Detective, a cartoon: The Early Bird and the Worm and the theatrical trailer. Another Thin Man slinks across, coming with: a featurette: Love on tap, a cartoon: The Bookworm and the theatrical trailer. Shadow of the Thin Man arrives with: a featurette: The Tell-tale Heart, a cartoon: The Goose Goes South and the theatrical trailer. The Thin Man Goes Home comes with: a featurette: Why Daddy?, a cartoon: Screwball Squirrel and the theatrical trailer. Song of the Thin Man comes with: a featurette: A real important person, a cartoon: Slap Happy Lion and the theatrical trailer. Finally, the bonus disc comes with: 2 documentaries (William Powell: A True Gentleman, Hollywood Remembers: Myrna Loy – So nice to come home to), a 1958 Thin Man TV episode and the 1936 Lux Radio broadcast of The Thin Man.
Don’t miss out on these other DVDs coming out on Tuesday as well. Warner has succinctly timed the fourth season of The Dukes of Hazzard (CHUD’s DVD Review is Coming Soon) to come out right before their big screen version (aided in part by the Broken Lizard guys). The X-Files arrives with a mythology of episodes based around Black Oil, and Over There‘s Pilot hits the DVD desert just in case you missed it when it aired, like a week ago.
You’re most likely reading about this for the umpteenth time, but everyone’s mixed-bag of Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith is arriving on 11.01.05 a day after the English get it on 10.31.05. Remember back in May? I know it’s a long time ago, but CHUD had your ass covered, with not one, but four takes on the film. Check out Nick’s here, Devin’s here, Russ’ here and Steve’s right here. Once you slog through all of those words, you probably already had your opinion formed. But, let the shenanigans of the CHUD Message Board wash over you with the 930 response thread of doom! Now, watch as I navigate the tricky waters (or lava) of those who really loved the film by just listing the special features! Do I have an opinion? Yeah, but the semantics of some have scared me off forever mentioning this blockbuster film. I’ll say one thing, though, and that was I won a bet with a work friend whether or not Revenge of the Sith would surpass Titanic as the number one domestic box office holder. I still think that was a fluke, a right movie at the right place at the right time, and nothing will probably come close for a very long time. That is, until ticket prices skyrocket into the new Mace Windu age. Additionally, be incredibly suspect of a grand-super-deluxe special edition of all six films sometime in a galaxy far, far away. Translation: maybe one or two years from the holidays.
Speak in absolutes – with: (an alleged audio commentary with maestro George Lucas and others, deleted scenes, trailers, and a playable demo from the Battlefront II game. These have yet to be confirmed), a full-length documentary provided by Lucasfilm LTD. (hooray?), 02 featurettes (explore the prophecy of Anakin Skywalker as ‘the chosen one’ and an in-depth look at the film’s ‘eye-popping’ stunts, oh – and p.s. I want my eye back) and finally, a 15 part collection of Lucasfilm’s web documentaries.
At first I though, by title alone, that this was the Noah Baumbach film of the same name. Boy, was I way off. I didn’t see this film in theaters simply because it didn’t look that funny. I thought it might mark the start of a slump for Will Ferrell, especially after I saw the trailer for the incredibly mediocre-looking Bewitched. Devin reviewed Kicking & Screaming around the same time as the monster space title above, and he mentions (click here) that the film is in "some sort of dimensional leak, an episode of that sitcom that found its way onto our movie screens. Because it doesn’t look or feel like a movie." And that’s primarily the reason why I wasn’t throwing myself on the film train tracks to watch a film from the son of Bob Dylan. It’s not my blood on the tracks, but yours. Maybe that’s the wrong analogy. Ferrell plays Phil Weston, "a tightly wound suburban father who had a competitive streak worn into him by his father, Buck (Robert Duvall), who never seemed to feel that his son measured up. When Phil’s son joins a Little League soccer team, Phil signs on as coach, only to learn that Buck — who also has a ten-year-old son these days — will be coaching a team in the same league. Determined to show his father he can do the job, Phil impresses upon his young charges that winning is the only important thing, and soon gains a few enemies as he humiliates not only the kids on his own team, but their opponents as well." Ditka makes his obligatory appearance in there somewhere, but ends up preaching about the wrong damned sport. Oh well. Money makes the world go ’round.
Go to Hell, and grab me a juicebox – with: some deleted scenes, some outtakes, more alternative takes (on me) and 4 featurettes (Kickin’ it with the kids, Soccer camp, from Rome to Hollywood and behind the net: the making of Kicking & Screaming).
Be knarly, dudes, ’cause Lords of Dogtown is doing a triple-double somethingerother in order to steal all of the chicks away from your posse. Devin might even do the same, with his prose skills for his extremely positive review, which he’s gonna use to sneakily slide into your relationship with language and snatch it away. I missed this one due to my dissatisfaction with Director Catherine Hardwicke’s overwrought Thirteen, but I kept hearing more and more good things. So, I guess that’ll be a lesson to me. An exercise for you, though, is to discover the tumultuous life of the Z-boys, the legendary young adults that thrashed the pier area known as Venice, CA. "Tony Alva (Victor Rasuk), Stacy Peralta (John Robinson), and Jay Adams (Emile Hirsch) were three guys who liked to surf the rugged beaches around Venice and hung out at the Zephyr Surf Shop, a store run by Skip Engblom (Heath Ledger) that stocked gear for adventurous surfers and skateboarders. [Soon, they] began exploring ways to translate radical surf style to skateboarding, and the guys invented a new way to state inside the smooth, round surfaces of empty pools, employing vertical moves and edge flips. It didn’t take long for word to spread about the wild new style of the Z-Boys, and they quickly became local celebrities, and later nationwide skating stars, though sudden fame took its toll on these young men." Damn that fame straight to hell, with its endless taunting of money, prosperity and good (mis)fortune. Nah, I’d be spectacular to be one of these guys, especially with Ledger’s awesomely wavy hair, dude.
"I’ll let you bang my Mom!", erhm, no, no I won’t – with: the theatrical edition, which has 9 deleted scenes, 7 featurettes (The Making-of Lords of Dogtown, Bails & Spills, The Making-of Pacific Ocean Park, Extended Pool Session, Cameo, Of Course We Want a Skateboarding Bulldog! and the Ocean Washes My Hair and Make-up Test) on top of storyboard comparisons. The extended unrated edition comes with: an uncensored Hardwicke and cast audio commentary, an introduction to Dogtown and Z-Boys by director Catherine Hardwicke, audio commentary by the original Z-boys, a gag reel, 2 extra featurettes (Dogged on Dogtown and MPAA Alternatives), "Nervous Breakdown" Music Video by Rise Against and all of the other features included on the PG-13 version. Take that, young unfortunate kids!
What happened in the Lutz household was never explained … until now. Jason Pollock, the man of the Amityville hour, brings forth a shitload of interviews from the set. First up is his Amityville Horror set visits Numero Uno, Numero Dos, and like Bono, Numero Quatorze. Then wander over to his interviews with chiseled ab-guy Ryan Reynolds, lovely blonde-haired momma Melissa George, and the man behind the curtain, Andrew Douglas. Make sure to write Jason and CHUD a thank you note, lest they send the evil spirits within to your own house (or small apartment in Queens) to no moleste, por favor. You’d be saying that too, in order to get your grubby little mits, like George, on the deal of the century for a lovely house. One tiny problem, though, and that’s the dangerously underlying past of what occurred there. Just a few months before, a young man maliciously murdered his entire family, claiming that demons made him do it. Thankfully, there was no bartender to egg him on. "Shrugging off stories that the house is haunted, George and Kathy move in with their three kids, only to discover that something evil lurks within the house, and even Father McNamara (Duck’s Philip Baker Hall), an expert on possession, is powerless to clear the dark spirits from the home." Speaking of which, I should probably rid my dark spirits from my house, but that would require doing some intensive loads of laundry.
Your house frightens me – with: an audio commentary with Ryan Reynolds and the producers, 8 deleted scenes, a discussion of the Defeo murders and what really happened, a featurette: The source of evil: the making-of with optional commentary, multi-angle on set peeks, a photo gallery and theatrical trailer.
On the near horizon, look out for these Slayers. Millions should arrive sometime around 10.18 or 10.25, and should contain a Boyle commentary and some extra featurettes. The Knight’s Tale: Extended Cut blasts out on 9.27.05 while Arrested Development: Season Two‘s Cover Art has finally been revealed. That arrives on 10.11.05.
A smattering of foreign stuff
Since we’ve always been about bringing you the latest (and not necessarily greatest) Region Free DVD titles, let’s just skip all of the information needed and say, like Nike, just do it. Until you’re satisfied, that is. A ton of titles I don’t even have room to announce (this column would be back to 25 pages of bloatedness) would destroy lives every week, so grab your guns and join the local mob as we cut a swath to the dark and dreary castle on the hill.
Supposedly a kick-ass film, the Korean import 3 Iron is almost here (available for pre-order, though) to wind up and smack your face into oblivion. Like Rowdy Roddy Piper going up against the devilishly handsome Keith David, 3 Iron‘s probably going to throw you up against some cars and the hot, hot pavement to let you in on the ‘secret’ as well. "A man fills his days by breaking into homes while the owners are on vacation. He’s not there to steal anything, he just lives their lives a bit for them while they’re gone. He eats their food, and even does a bit of their laundry. But things change one day when he enters a home that is not empty. Inside he finds the battered wife of an affluent businessman. The two then leave together, taking with them one of the businessman’s golf clubs, and continue their odd lifestyle of living in other people’s houses. But their benign transient existence is soon threatened when the woman’s furious husband tracks them down and reports them to the police…" If I recall, word on the street (read: my supplier, of what you can guess) is that this film is pretty damned good, representing another notch in the belt of awesome Korean films being shot out like a baby on Jose Canseco’s steroids. That’s fast and powerful. Also note that there’s a two disc SE of the film, but unless you understand the Korean language, you’re most likely going to be as lost as I was on the Old Boy SE a while back.
The HK version has: anamorphic widescreen, some behind-the-scenes information, cast & crew info, trailers, and English subtitles to beef up the Korean 5.1 DD. This is a Region 3 NTSC Release.
From the Director of Romper Stomper comes Metal Skin. I’m not sure if it revolves around a kangaroo with intensive powers the likes of which the Outback (steakhouse) has never seen, but allow my curious ineptitude to permeate all of your brains into levels of sucktitute. "Psycho Joe, a petrol-head from Altona, Melbourne, secures employment at a local Supermarket. Here, he meets the over-sexed Dazey. Joe and Dazey form a friendship based on a mutual interest in old hot cars. Joe also forms a relationship with a Satanic fellow employee. The nihilism of these young characters, coupled with parental disputes, leads to various tragedies." For those fooled by the word nihilism, realize that it is a philosophy that is based around an extreme form of skepticism that decries all existence. Just like when your Mom makes you dinner and you just wanted some Taco Bell. Life. Just. Doesn’t. Make Sense. Time to kill someone! Where the hell did my fellow Satanic employee go? Probably to the budding filmmakers forum.
Shout at the Devil – with: audio commentary, interviews with the cast & crew, easter eggs, bonus feature: Geoffrey Wright’s first film "Lover Boy" and the original theatrical trailer. This is a Region 4 PAL Release.
School’s been out for quite a while, but The Edukators are coming a little after labor day (9.26.05) to teach your rich wealthy asses a thing or two about possessions. The film itself has been garnering a ton of critical acclaim, but you probably don’t care anyway, as you look at the title and remark: Germans! Yes, the director of Das Weiße Rauschen, Hans Weingartner, is making more (exciting) films! Little know fact, this guy studied psychics and brain research at Vienna University, so I think he might be much smarter than all of us combined. The story is centered around Jule, who is indebted to a successful businessman, Hardenberg. Unable to make ends meet, she moves in with her boyfriend Peter and his friend Jan, who happen to be the notorious Edukators, who ransack expensive homes as an act of political rebellion. And they always leave behind a note that states: Your days of plenty are numbered. Sadly, the rich just don’t care, tossing it into the circular file and laughing at it with Jeeves over tea and crumpets. But, when Jule and Jan break into Hardenberg’s house, things get a little complicated when Peter enters, furious. "The trio makes a rash decision and their futures (as well as Hardenberg’s) are quaked. Ideals are tested as generations collide, passions rage, and loyalties shatter." Personally, I have wanted to see this for quite some time and at least it sounds interesting.
What you own someday owns you – with: German and English subtitles. There will most likely be no other extras. This is a Region 2 PAL Release.
Livin’ in the past, boiieeee!
07/26: xXx: State Of The Union, Steamboy, The Jerk: The
25th 26th Anniversary Edition, King’s Ransom (David’s DVD Review), The Upside of Anger, The Errol Morris DVD Collection, Gates of Heaven, Vernon, Florida, The Thin Blue Line, Errol Morris’ First Person: Complete Collection, Bolero, Warm Summer Rain, Wild Orchid 2: Blue Movie Blue, Gate of Flesh: Criterion, Story of a Prostitute: Criterion, Remington Steele: First Season, 3rd Rock from the Sun: Season One, Star Trek: Enterprise: Season Two, Xena: 10th Anniversary Collection, Amateur and Wilder Days. Check out last weeks most hated Special Edition right here. Thank you for your time. Asshole.
07/19: Constantine (Nick’s Deluxe DVD Review), Ice Princess (be afraid! CHUD’s DVD Review is coming soon), Man Of The House, Urban Legends: Bloody Mary, Earth 2, Paranoid, The Crow: Wicked Prayer, Saved By The Bell: Season Five, Sliders: Season Three, Cleopatra 2525: Complete Series, Dead Like Me: Second Season, and Laguna Beach. Check out an entirely too slow (and really dead) week in DVD land by reading 7.19’s Special Edition right here, you bitch.
You owe me an I.O.U.
It’s another weekly sale down here, and depending on where you live, there’s always the internet. I tend to focus on deepdiscountdvd.com, mostly because they’ve continually had the cheapest prices available to you. Hades knows that you (or I) want to spend more than we have to. Money doesn’t grow on trees, but guns and ammo certainly rain from the sky. As always, you know what RED means and YELLOW too. If not, I think you’re smart enough to figure it out.
Alexander is $22.49 (Director’s Cut is $22.49)
Guess Who is $19.96
Thin Man Collection is $41.84
Ghostbusters I and II Giftset is $13.91
Downfall is $22.06
Cosby Show: Season One is $32.99
Island in the Sky is $9.36
Dukes of Hazzard: Season Four is $29.97
Over There: Pilot is $7.18
X-Files: Black Oil is $29.17
The Aviator is $11.88
Ocean’s Twelve is $11.88
Phantom of the Opera is $11.88
Racing Stripes is $11.88
Million Dollar Baby 3 Disc DE is $19.14
The Jacket is $13.26
Elf: SE is $13.26
DVDempire.com is having a selected $4.99 SALE on a bunch of Fox titles (including Paris, Texas and Agony and the Ecstacy). Click here.
Alexander is $14.99
Guess Who is $14.99
Alexander is $19.88 (Director’s Cut is $15.87)
Guess Who is $16.87
Thin Man Collection is $40.83
Ghostbusters I and II Giftset is unlisted!
Downfall is $19.88
Cosby Show: Season One is $33.88
Island in the Sky is $9.38
High and the Mighty is $12.88
Dukes of Hazzard: Season Four is $27.88
Over There: Pilot is $6.88
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